Alltop répertorie de nombreux articles sur l'entrepreneuriat social à travers le monde.

23.04.2014 SEM: New Features for Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns

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This week, we saw an announcement of some new SEM features that are about to be rolled out for Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns. The last major update to Google’s flagship SEM platform was back in July, when they forced all advertisers to upgrade their AdWords to enhanced campaigns. Of course, there was some pushback at first. Any time search marketers… read more →

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23.04.2014 How Top Companies Are Creating Sustainable Brands

How Top Companies Are Creating Sustainable BrandsThis article is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. As interest in purchasing sustainable products becomes more mainstream among consumers, corporations are increasingly invested in creating sustainable brands, and spending on product sustainability initiatives is expected to accelerate, according to a study from Verdantix. The report found that 69 percent of sustainability executives say it is […]

23.04.2014 Spotlight on Award Winners: Sprint Network Vision E-Waste Elimination

Spotlight on Award Winners: Sprint Network Vision E-Waste Elimination “Spotlight on Award Winners” is a series of articles featuring winners from the Environmental Leader Product & Project Award winners. Read Sprint’s complete award listing here. Sprint’s Network Vision is a plan to consolidate multiple technologies into one new network, with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing coverage, call quality and data speeds. But […]

23.04.2014 The Decade of Climate Action

The Decade of Climate ActionEarlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third installment of its benchmark scientific study on climate change. There were no surprises in the report—the future looks bleak unless we take ambitious and immediate action towards reducing our global carbon emissions and changing our current energy portfolio. The study deployed cutting […]

23.04.2014 Two-thirds of Mayors Can Quantify Carbon Emissions Cuts

Two-thirds of Mayors Can Quantify Carbon Emissions CutsCities with a mayoral pledge or formal city council action to curb carbon emissions are making progress on their goals, with two-thirds reporting quantifiable reductions in emissions from city operations and one-third for citywide emissions.  So says the US Conference of Mayors climate survey released on Earth Day. The survey findings were based on responses […]

23.04.2014 Whole Foods Deploys Harvester to Reduce Food Waste

Whole Foods Deploys Harvester to Reduce Food WasteWhole Foods Market will deploy technology that converts food scraps into organic fertilizer for sale to farmers and consumers. The WISErg Harvester unit will be installed at Whole Foods Market Bellevue in Washington State in May. The Harvester unit will enable the Bellevue store to reduce food waste sustainably, and provide data reports to better […]

23.04.2014 Cracking the Code on Social Impact

Jason Saul, CEO of Mission Measurement, and Nolan Gasser, Chief Musicologist at Pandora, might, at first, seem like an unusual pairing for a session at the Skoll World Forum, but there again, what is usual for this event. The duo took to the floor to launch Mission Measurement’s groundbreaking new social initiative, the Impact Genome. […]

23.04.2014 Is the Traditional Role of the Teacher Outdated?

“…let me compare education to health care. If a doctor from 100 years ago entered a hospital today, he would feel very out of place. He wouldn’t understand the equipment or the processes. If, however, a teacher from 100 years ago entered a modern day classroom, he would not feel so lost…“ – Vicky Colbert, […]

23.04.2014 The 21st Century City: Future Opportunity or Future Threat?

This seminar discussed the global migration patterns of urbanization and its consequences. International affairs columnist Doug Saunders notes that slums give rise to much of the conflict and social unrest we see around the world. Even in those slums where conditions seem impossible, a simple and cruel logic keep hopefuls walking in: the belief that […]

22.04.2014 Keep America Beautiful Conducts Great American Cleanup Events to Mark Earth Day

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Keep America Beautiful and its network of affiliates and participating organizations are celebrating Earth Day as well as every day in April and throughout spring by conducting unique Great American Cleanup events across the country. Through the events, Keep American Beautiful is spreading the message of shared responsibility among the communities and reminding that small actions can make a big difference to preserve the environment.

The Great American Cleanup program aims to bring people together to transform public places into beautiful spaces. It highlights the Earth Day to serve a reminder that when people join hands for a common cause, it brings positive and lasting change. The volunteer events and experiential environment education programs that are a part of this effort are designed to inspire generations of environmental stewards.

Some of the key efforts that are a part of the Great American Cleanup program include beautification of parks, trails and recreation areas, cleaning up of waterways and shorelines, promotion of recycling and reduction of waste, removal of debris and litter, planting of trees and building community gardens, among other events.

A number of events have been held across the country during the first three weeks of April. Some of the forthcoming events to be held in the last week of April include Faith in Action Cleanup in Memphis. This is projected to be the largest Great American Cleanup faith-based cleanup initiative in the country with over five thousand volunteers registered already. Another event in San Diego, called the Creek to Bay Cleanup aims to remove debris from San Diego County locations.   

The annual Great Indy Cleanup in Indianapolis will be Keep America Beautiful’s largest volunteer event of the year. This year the volunteers will focus on transforming communities around Indianapolis’ Fountain Square. Other events during the week are scheduled in Albuquerque, N.M. and Rockford, Ill. The national sponsors of the 2014 Great American Cleanup include Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

Source: 3BL Media

Image Credit: Flickr via AlicePopkorn

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:00am

22.04.2014 Global Ideas News Brief: Youth + Global trade


Global Ideas News Brief
April 22, 2014

A weekly roundup of mainstream news about the context in which Mercy Corps works.


Bowling in Kabul: Amid war, Afghan youth play music and sports, hunt for jobs and love
Washington Post
Amid the news of bombings, political rivalries and Afghanistan’s uncertain future as U.S. troops depart, the daily life of the nation’s young people is hardly noticed by the outside world.

Young people led Egypt’s revolution, but the old guard still rules
Washington Post
At a modest cafe in Cairo, 29-year-old Ali Mustafa and his friends had barely uttered a few sentences about how hopeless they feel under Egypt’s new political order when a group of older men sitting nearby scolded them angrily.

The countries where youth are doing the best and the worst
Half of the world’s population is now under the age of 25, and 1.8 billion people are between the ages of 10 and 25. This is the largest youth generation ever to exist. Yet few well-being measures and metrics focus specifically on how this age group--the one that has fueled societal and governmental change around the globe in recent years--is faring and feeling about their lives.

Global trade

This Time, Get Global Trade Right
NYT editorial board
Over the last 20 years, the United States has lost nearly five million manufacturing jobs. In that same time, however, the prices that Americans pay for basic goods like T-shirts and televisions have fallen. What the Administration should do next.

Economic development

Revising Nigeria's Economy
Nigeria has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies of late, with growth driven primarily by oil and gas production. This has generated billions of dollars and created many jobs. But corruption and mismanagement have kept the benefits from trickling down.

World Bank says growth alone can't end poverty
The Guardian
Bank urges developing countries to 'enhance growth with policies that allocate more resources to the extreme poor.'

Remaking the Middle Kingdom
The Economist
An interactive map: China is becoming wealthy and urban, but with people left behind.

Brazil: a role model for development?
The Guardian
What can the rest of the developing world learn from Brazil's economic development and narrowing inequality gap? Researchers explain the three elements of sustained growth.


Afghan election love fest is officially over
When the Independent Election Commission released partial voting results to a waiting press corps last Sunday, they were greeted with sharp questions and skepticism. Delays in reporting, news of violence and fraud had all contributed to a more critical assessment of the process than the general euphoria that followed the vote.


Have Higher Food Prices Actually Helped the World's Poor?
Bloomberg Business Week
Surprisingly, it turns out a lot of poor people seem to have benefited from higher prices; hunger appears to be no worse. In the long term, high food prices probably hurt efforts to reduce global poverty, but it’s good news that poor people haven’t suffered over the short term nearly as much as we feared.


Climate Efforts Falling Short, U.N. Panel Says
Delivering the latest stark news about climate change on Sunday, a United Nations panel warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks in coming decades. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so seems to be rising around the world.

Mobile money

Africa’s Tech Edge
The Atlantic
How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age.

M-Shwari in Kenya: How is it really being used?
In recent years, Safaricom has launched a number of value-added services through its M-PESA product in Kenya, aiming to move its customer base beyond basic money transfers. But how are customers using it, and how do they perceive its uses and benefits? A recent nationally representative survey that InterMedia conducted in Kenya reveals some unexpected results.

A Platform for the Poor: CGAP's Digital Finance Plus explores how mobile money links the BoP to essential services
Next Billion
With its ability to reach people with financial services where physical bank branches can’t, the mobile phone is a powerful weapon against financial exclusion. In February, GSMA reported that there are now 203 million registered mobile money accounts worldwide, with services available in most emerging markets.

Business and charity

Indian Companies and Charities Aren’t Ready for New Giving Law
Wall Street Journal
While India’s largest companies are now required by law to hand out 2% of their profits to charity, few companies know how to give and fewer charities know how to handle the kind of cash that will now be coming their way. “The new law could crush or catalyze social innovation in India."

Slavery experts meet big business to tackle exploitation
The Guardian
It's almost a year since 1,200 people died when a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The Rana Plaza disaster brought the issue of global supply chains to the world's attention but there is still no consensus on the best way to drive exploitation out of supply chains.


Ambition to Audacity: Takeaways from the 2014 Skoll World Forum
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Each year, Skoll World Forum serves as a leitmotif for the field of social entrepreneurship. This year, the theme portrayed a newfound maturity and confidence about social entrepreneurship that wasn’t present in past years: “Ambition.” Here are five takeaways.

Telling our story

Why there are no heroes or villains in development
The Guardian
It is time for the media and news-consuming public to demand the same level of complexity from real life as they do from fiction. NGO communicators can lead this charge by being more honest about the challenges they face and the successes they achieve, and more optimistic about the public's receptiveness to these multi-faceted accounts.


8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa
Huffington Post

Spare the Advice
Review of ‘The Tyranny of Experts,’ by William Easterly.

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22.04.2014 Earth Day Reflection: Making Every Person Part of the Solution

Earth Day Reflection: Making Every Person Part of the Solution

Sheila Kinkade | April 22, 2014
In the past, when hearty shoots of spring flowers sprouted outside my front door, I took comfort in the resilience of nature, welcoming this season of renewal. But this year was different. The latest...

22.04.2014 Recap: Future-Proofing Businesses

John Elkington introduces the accounting for business strategy guru Michael Porter and FSG Founder Mark Kramer’s efforts to sensitize multinational corporate boards to the concepts of shared value creation. He notes CEO Paul Polman’s lauded achievements of driving the sustainability agenda at Unilever, and then lets the question drop. What happens when these sustainability luminaries […]


Q&A: What it takes to feed 842 million people worldwide

22.04.2014 Delayed Cord Clamping: The vast benefits of doing nothing for a little while

cord clamping | delayed cord clamping | newborn health | Dr. Greene | TICC TOCC

What is one of the first interventions we perform on a normal birth? What is so 'normal' that we don't even think of it as an intervention? Cutting the cord!

Dr. Greene is asking questions about this intervention... what is the evidence for immediate cord clamping? Here is a Twitter record of a Twitter chat last night on the case for delayed cord clamping. At the moment of birth one-third of the baby's blood is still in the umbilical cord or placenta. What are the potential negative effects of cutting the cord immediately? Read this rather sobering exchange to follow and then take ACTION by spreading the word.

RT @DrGreene: Interventions should have evidence! No evidence for first intervention - immediate stopping baby’s normal flow! #LTKH

A4: In some low-income countries as many as 95% of delivery clinicians practice immediate cord clamping. #LTKH

RT @DrGreene: A4: Doctors thought they were doing good by immediately clamping the cord. And exported the practice around the world. #LTKH

DrGreene I highly recommend reading Mercer's work. Here is an interview I did w/her in 2009 #LTKH

@CarolynHastie Apr 21, 9:32pm via web
RT @DrGreene: immediate cord clamping increases risk of iron deficiency anemia up to 10x. #LTKH

A5: I did a TEDx Talk about #TICCTOCC that I’d love you all to see -… #LTKH

!!!RT @midwifeamy: Skin-to-skin mama and baby! HUGE benefit! RT @MsGreene: Q6: Are there other advantages to waiting to cut the cord? #LTKH

ACOG? Not yet RT @JustinMorganMD: Is delayed cord clamping promoted by ACOG and Ob-Gyn residency programs? @JenLincolnMD #LTKH

@mamasteyoga Apr 21, 9:47pm via Twitter for iPhone
RT @DrGreene: 3: At the moment of birth 1/3 of the baby’s blood is still in the umbilical cord & placenta. #LTKH

A6: Other benefits of optimal cord clamping - The most significant impact of all may be stem cells, but we don’t know yet. #LTKH

RT @MsGreene: #TICCTOCC RT @morethanfoodinc: @DrGreene Important to address cause of anemia rather than band-aid w/ fortification of rice f#LTKH

RT @DrGreene: A4: Sadly today immediate cord clamping is the norm in most places, robbing baby of iron, O2 antibodies, & stem-cells. #LTKH

@maya_rachmah Apr 21, 9:48pm via web

RT @DrGreene: Me too! RT @HannahSky: “@MsGreene: Love this graphic of @DrGreene's TEDx Brussels talk #LTKH” // love

22.04.2014 Surfacing and Scaling Innovations in Last Mile Delivery

During the last three years, the Development Marketplace program (call it DM 2.0) has been testing a new approach in nine of India’s low income states representing a population of more than 380 million of the world’s poorest.

22.04.2014 Doing development better by thinking like a designer


If international development professionals thought like designers, they would be much more successful in helping communities lift themselves out of poverty.

That’s the argument of Heather Fleming, a PopTech Social Innovation fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She recently gave a talk, sponsored by Global Envision, at the Mercy Corps Action Center.

“Many of the decisions made today that affect the poor are made by people who are completely removed from the issues,” said Fleming. “Whereas design decisions are driven by your understanding of the needs of the people, the users.”

Fleming is the co-founder and CEO of Catapult Design, a non-profit company serving low-income communities around the world by developing human-centered products and services, like water-carrying pushcarts used in India and better strategies to dry maize in Kenya.

“The mistakes that we make in development often negatively impact people who already have everything to lose,” Fleming said. “Those are mistakes that potentially could have been avoided if the international development community fostered a culture of prototyping and refining ideas before just throwing massive amounts of money into doing ideas.”

When Catapult Design started in 2008, Fleming often worked with organizations that had already decided on the kind of product they wanted to bring into a community. Now, she encourages organizations to work with the firm earlier in the conception process.

“A lot of [projects] that came our way were suffering from ‘Solution in search of a problem’ syndrome. Or even worse, the, ‘Well, this is better than nothing’ attitude,” Fleming said. “Both of those are really dangerous. We realized that there is a lot more to be done on the front end of the product development process.

“Instead of clients coming to us and saying, ‘Hey, make my widget human-centered and innovative,’ [we want to] work together to build our understanding of what could drive the market in the community,” Fleming continued. “Start with understanding and bring in the widgets later.”

Design is a method of creative problem solving, Fleming explained, that embraces experimentation and real world feedback. Thinking like a designer can increase the likelihood that projects will be successful when scaled up.

“Good designers never create for the sake of creation,” she said. “We first seek to understand and then use that understanding to define constraints within which to create.”

The unpredictability of such open-minded experimentation may turn off data-driven development workers and appear hard to budget into projects. For many, innovation has become a buzzword, "like it’s something that you can just sprinkle in your soup to make it taste better,” Fleming said.

Instead, a design mindset can and should be integral throughout projects, she argued. Taking the time to test fresh ideas is the only way to solve decades-old social challenges.

“There is a great saying: ‘Great design is not department or a division; it’s a behavior, a way of doing,’” Fleming said.

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22.04.2014 White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The White House has announced a new draft plan that would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. The plan involves $4 billion in fresh federal loan guarantees that are aimed at promoting sustainable projects that help integrate power grid with renewable sources, develop more compatible biofuels for conventional vehicles, and turn waste into energy.

The green loan program was never officially closed, but it had entered a “quiet period” after the expiration of funding from the 2009 economic stimulus that supported solar, wind and geothermal projects. But with billions of dollars in loan authority still available, the push to support innovative technology has been resumed. The Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office has been instrumental in the launch of the utility-scale solar industry and other clean energy technologies in the U.S.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said at a policy forum hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology that the Department is keen to repeat that success with a renewed focus on technologies that are on the edge of commercial-scale deployment today. The executive director of the Department’s loan programs office, Peter Davidson, has said that the agency is keen to resume doing very valuable work for the economy going forward, and hoped the loan offering to be finalized by June, with financing awarded around the end of the year or early 2015.

The DOE had recently announced a revamp of its review process for its automotive loan program in the hope of attracting new applicants. The move followed an offering last year of up to $8 billion in loan assistance for fossil fuel projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Studies have shown that companies increasingly recognize the economic benefits of going green, and the new loan funding will be a key step in strengthening the push towards more sustainable businesses.

Source: Reuters; All Voices

Image Credit: Flickr via Walmart Corporate

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 9:00am

21.04.2014 Lorraine Smith Presents on Transparency at Sustainable Brands Rio

Sustainable Brands Rio 14 will be held on April 24th and 25th, with post-event activities on the 26th, at the SulAmerica Convention Center.

Sustainable Brands is the largest international community of learning, focused on understanding and leveraging the role of the brand in building a prosperous future. It is based on the belief that through encouraging ingenuity and innovation, we can change the way that business is done and, therefore, the world.

Held for the second year in Rio de Janeiro, SB Rio 14 makes up a global network of Sustainable Brands conferences, which includes San Diego, London and Istanbul. The Brazilian edition is organized by Report Sustentabilidade, in partnership with Sustainable Life Media and a wide network of supporters and sponsors in Brazil and abroad.

SustainAbility Director Lorraine Smith will lead a session on April 25th entitled “Transparency as leverage of decision making.” Presenting alongside Clarissa Lins, Principal of Catavento and SustainAbility Council member as well as representatives from electrical utility and financial services firm Unibanco Itaú, Lorraine will explore the role of transparency in driving performance by testing and developing principles explored for the Engaging Stakeholders research. Those principles, which will be released later in 2014, offer a practical and forward-looking perspective on how the evolution of disclosure mechanisms, technology and valuing of capitals beyond financial capital can create greater business value while improving sustainability outcomes.

Register for Sustainable Brands Rio today!

21.04.2014 Open Source Seed Initiative

In Agriculture:
The most distinguishing aspect of OSSI, it is the idea that genetic resources – in the form of seeds- are going to be set aside for humanity to use in any way it sees fit. These genetic resources cannot be patented or otherwise legally protected, making them essentially available in perpetuity in a protected commons. If they were just in a regular commons, people could obtain them and protect them, but in this commons they mustremain free. Hence the phrase “Free the Seed!”

21.04.2014 A good return on “INVEST:” Building employable skills among youth in Afghanistan


Cheerful and confident, 18-year-old Benafsha offers encouragement to a classroom of 22 young women in Helmand, Afghanistan’s largest and most troubled province.

“When you finish this class, you will also be a teacher,” she says.

Her optimism is grounded in her own experience. Benafsha graduated first in her class in a vocational education program and now teaches computer skills to other students.

She is just one of 19,500 young men and women in Helmand to have completed the “INVEST” program--Introducing New Vocational Education and Skills Training. Mercy Corps launched INVEST in March 2011 with support from the UK’s Department for International Development. Eighty-four percent of its graduates have found work at good wages in carpentry, construction, plumbing, repair of machinery and household appliances, tailoring, handicrafts, tinsmithing and other sectors of the local economy.

These results seem to defy all odds. After years of war and instability, Afghanistan’s economy and education system have suffered. It ranks 164th of 185 countries in the
World Bank’s ease of doing business index. Just 4 percent of females and 8 percent of males are literate, according to UNICEF.

Helmandis face the greatest hardship. Mired in poverty and tribalism, the province is a stronghold of the Taliban insurgency and the world’s biggest producer of poppies for the illicit opium trade. Past efforts to promote alternative, legal livelihoods have found little success because poppy farming is often more lucrative. In fact, most international NGOs no longer work in Helmand.

How has the INVEST Program helped young people earn good livelihoods in one of the world’s toughest places?

“Training in technical and social skills and informal mentoring are at the heart of the program model,” says Tara Noronha, economic and market development advisor at Mercy Corps. “But a range of supporting functions ensure that youth gain the right skills and can put them to work.”

Through a market-based approach, INVEST builds skills that are needed in the local economy, helping to ensure that graduates find good work.

Program staff work with business leaders to carry out regular informal research on the labor market, which is constantly changing in the unstable environment. Findings guide decisions about which courses INVEST offers and how many students enroll in each. The private sector also helps develop training and manuals that are relevant, up-to-date and appropriate for illiterate students.

The linchpin of the program is teacher quality, often a weakness in vocational education. INVEST is able to attract masters in their field, in part because it pays good salaries. Most teachers also run profitable businesses in local communities. They impart the skills, experiences and contacts that have made them successful.

INVEST teachers also have a contractual obligation to mentor students informally beyond the classroom. They provide job referrals and sometimes hire or outsource work to students to meet customer demand in their own shops. Even after students graduate, they can contact their instructors for advice about challenges they encounter at work.

While providing teachers good salaries and access to young talent, INVEST also inspires them to create a better future for the province. Benafsha believes that helping her students to gain skills and incomes will improve the fortunes of all Helmandis.

“It’s important for girls to have an education,” she says.

INVEST has successfully negotiated sensitive cultural beliefs that restrict education, mobility and opportunities for women and girls.

Though separate schools for boys and girls have long been the norm in Afghanistan, the Taliban banned girls’ education when it came to power in the 1990s. The gender gap in education has steadily improved since 2001. Still, just 66 percent of girls attend primary school as compared to 92 percent of boys, according to government data for 2012. In secondary education -- when girls reach puberty and, according to tradition, marrying age -- their participation drops to just 26 percent.

Community partnerships and transparent communication have won acceptance for the five INVEST training centers -- of 14 total -- that serve female students. These centers are perceived as safe environments since they are staffed by female principals and, for the most part, female teachers. Because young women can’t enroll without the permission of their parents or husbands, program staff reassure families by providing information about course content, instructors and students’ time commitments. And district-level leadership committees called shura help to select students and to monitor the program across all 14 centers.

To date, 5,500 young women have graduated from the program. Most earn income by working from their homes or save money by producing goods they would otherwise have to buy.

In the end, local support for INVEST depends on the quality of the graduates it produces. The program shows it’s possible for young people like Benafsha to tap their potential even in very difficult circumstances -- when the public, private and nonprofit sectors come together around a culturally sensitive program model that matches education with real needs in the local economy.

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21.04.2014 Empowering Women in Nepal to Be a Voice for Change

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$30 — will support 1 Community Reporter's travel cost to capture stories from the field
$60 — broadcasts one radio episode featuring content contributed by Community Reporters
$100 — provides equipment for a Community Reporter

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Equal Access is putting recorders in the hands of marginalized women and equipping them with interviewing & ethical reporting skills to capture the experiences of people in their communities on a range of issues from safer migration to HIV to violence against women. Once bonded-laborers known as "Kamlaris" to now empowered community reporters equipped with employable skills, these women are not only transforming their own lives, but also furthering social change by giving voice to the voiceless.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Several sectors of Nepali society including women, Dalits, ethnic minorities and those who don't speak Nepali as a first language continue to lack the means to be heard and represented nationally through the media. As Nepal undergoes political transition towards a federalist nation, there is a great demand for a more "inclusive media" that represents the experiences and concerns of marginalized communities outside of Kathmandu, which are currently dismissed by national media outlets.

Our solution is two fold. 1- Our Community Reporters program provides reporting training to rural women from underrepresented or marginalized ethnic groups and castes, youth, women survivors of domestic violence & speakers of minority languages. They thus become empowered citizens with employable skills, respected by their communities. 2- The community reporters then provide marginalized communities the opportunity to amplify their voices and stories on a national scale, for the very first time.

Potential Long Term Impact
The value of freedom of expression in marginalized communities who have been excluded from public discourse for generations cannot be underestimated. By putting the power of voice directly into the hands the marginalized, a sense of ownership of the radio and its content emerges, which leads to wider listenership & citizen participation. This in turn provides a space for citizens to engage in open and honest discussions and work together to solve local problems and bring about social change.

Project Sponsor: Equal Access International
Theme: Women and Girls | Location: Nepal
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$3,000
Project #16928 on

21.04.2014 My Modest Proposal…Why Not?

If you’ve already read Wish You Happy Forever, you’ll know that 2008 was a one-of-a-kind year for Half the Sky in many, many ways. In addition to the freak snowstorms across southern China, and the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province, and my Olympic torch-bearing adventure in Chongqing, and Half the Sky’s long-awaited legal registration in China, […]

21.04.2014 117 Permanent Homes for Haiyan Survivors

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$10 — Purchases bricks
$25 — Helps buy cement
$100 — Helps cover the cost of steel reinforcement

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Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. The Philippines is used to storms, but even their concrete shelters were destroyed by Haiyan's vicious winds and massive storm surge. Today, hundreds of thousands are homeless. We're committed to rebuilding permanent homes for Haiyan survivors in partnership with Filipino group Gawad Kalinga.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Today, thousands of survivors remain in temporary shelter. Families can't restart their livelihoods in temporary shelters and, as these shelters are unsanitary, they're more susceptible to illness. Homelessness also complicates sending children back to school. Secure housing underpins recovery, but many families simply can't afford to rebuild.

GK only builds the main structure of a house, and the buildings still need additional work before they can be considered finished homes. That's where we come in. We'll turn the structures GK builds into finished homes by building an interior loft and installing stairs to almost double the available living space. We'll also be plastering and painting to ensure the houses feel like true homes.

Potential Long Term Impact
With a home, children can be re-enrolled in school, livelihoods can be restarted, and families can begin the long process of rebuilding the lives that Haiyan destroyed.

Project Sponsor: International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Theme: Disaster Recovery | Location: Philippines
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$99,000
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21.04.2014 Support Education in Tacloban

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$10 — Helps replace damaged school supplies
$30 — Funds tools to clean out a school
$100 — Purchases new doors for a damaged school

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Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. The Philippines is used to storms, but even their concrete shelters were destroyed by Haiyan's vicious winds and massive storm surge. Today, thousands of children are still unable to return to school. We're committed to getting kids back to learning by rebuilding damaged or destroyed schools, replacing lost materials, providing school meals, and much more!

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Today, as many as 4 million people remain displaced following Typhoon Haiyan. For displaced families who have lost everything, sending children to school can be a struggle. Many areas lack schools which are structurally sound. Where there are schools available, many families cannot afford to pay for a school lunch, so they keep their kids home.

We've already helped more than 5,000 children get back to school by providing school meals, supporting clean-up efforts and repairing classrooms. With your support, we'll help thousands of additional students get back to learning by rebuilding or repairing schools, investing in school meals when necessary, and helping schools meet students' needs.

Potential Long Term Impact
If children are unable to return to school, they are unlikely to learn the skills they need to grow into successful young adults who contribute to their communities. Getting kids back to school is a key factor in long-term recover in disaster-affected communities. After all, an educated community is a resilient community!

Project Sponsor: International Disaster Volunteers (IDV)
Theme: Education | Location: Philippines
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$10,000
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20.04.2014 Shamees Aden | Bio Designer

In Dezeen:
In this movie designer and materials researcher Shamees Aden explains how "scientists are now mixing together groups of chemicals [to make] them behave like living cells. They are able to reconfigure, they are able to adapt to light, pressure and heat."...The synthetic production of living materials is so far limited to basic applications – modifying the behaviour of oil droplets in a water solution, for example – but Aden has developed a proposal that uses protocells to make self-regenerating soles for a pair of running shoes.
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18.04.2014 Work on the Biggest Social Challenges of Our Time!

Are you motivated by the power of technology as a force for good that can directly help the world’s poorest communities thrive? Do you believe ours could be a world in which the benefits of technology touch the lives of all people, not just the wealthiest and most able five percent of humanity? Are you driven to make a real difference from a leadership position in the open source community, at the heart of Silicon Valley and at the unique intersection of technology and social change?

Are you willing to work on delivering maximum good for humanity, rather than maximum profits? 

Then read on: we might just have the perfect job opportunity for you.

Benetech is seeking a Vice President of Engineering to spearhead and expand our team of technologists committed to delivering social good at scale. We’re a nonprofit technology company on a mission to address unmet social needs by providing targeted software tools and services to groups left underserved by the market, such as human rights activists and students with learning differences. We’re passionate, agile, and growing, and we need you: an accomplished, entrepreneurial technology leader motivated by creating lasting impact for the betterment of society.

You’ll be responsible for the overall development, testing, and deployment of new technology in all of our multi-issue initiatives, but you’ll need to transcend the technology requirements alone. Success in this position means you have built and delivered products that have scaled in the marketplace, understand the ins-and-outs of the technology sector, and are able to foster collaborative environments between diverse groups and organizations.

We’re looking for an innovator who can help us strengthen Benetech’s reputation, recruit the greatest talent to enhance our team, cultivate and forge new relationships with partners, funders, and technologists, and guide our growing community of open source developer volunteers.

Do you like taking on big challenges? We’ve got plenty of them for you to tackle. Here’s a taste of what’s on the plate at Benetech:
  • Promoting Internet freedom by building and deploying strongly encrypted, open source tools for human rights groups and journalists;
  • Advancing equal education by helping students with disabilities and learning differences read and succeed at school;
  • Improving access to clean water for some of the world’s poorest communities by supporting community based organizations with the right technical tools.

We also offer great salary by nonprofit standards and annual bonuses, but do understand that we aren’t able to match what Silicon Valley for-profit technology companies can provide. If you’re looking to get rich, this isn’t the right job for you. You have to be someone who’s motivated above all else by the opportunity to work on high-impact software applications with extraordinary social return on investment.

Other perks we offer include:

  • Excellent employee benefits;
  • Work-life balance;
  • The ability to directly improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world (and, with your help, millions).
If you ever wondered how you could have a job in the technology sector that truly helped the people who most need technology but are the least able to afford it;

If you ever wondered how you could personally work on the biggest social challenges of our time;

And if you ever got frustrated by having to abandon a great idea that could help entire communities just because it didn’t generate enough profit —

Then this is your moment.
Check out the job description for more details and throw your hat in the ring. Join our team and help us make more impact than ever!

18.04.2014 What the h*** is Systems Thinking?

Originally posted on The Green Rose:
Since graduating with my Masters in Design for Sustainability I’ve had a lot of conversations with friends, family and potential employers about my degree and they mostly just want to know what “Design for Sustainability” actually means. Oh, I remember the good old days of telling people I worked in architecture…

18.04.2014 Social Impact Jobs April 2014

Echoing Green Fellow Andrew Youn of One Acre
Andrew Youn, 2006 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of One Acre.

I take our tagline, “Think Big. Be Bold. Drive Change.” very seriously. For over twenty-six years we have observed and supported the work of nearly 600 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world in some significant ways. They reinforce our belief that with greater risk comes greater innovation. These Echoing Green Fellows are deliberate risk-takers whose actions often result in bold transformations across sectors. But I also know from experience that being bold is a behavior by no means monopolized by social entrepreneurs.

In fact, the entrepreneurial spirit I often speak of is precisely about tapping into our potential for boldness. What if we all got bold – in our movements, in our thinking, in our values – and made demands of ourselves to take action that goes beyond our fears?

Maybe for you, that moment is now as you look at this roster of incredible opportunities to drive change. Take charge of this moment and walk the walk – take bold steps to find a role that allows you to be part of the next-level change for a big idea that moves you. 

Echoing Green

Director of Strategic Communications Social Investment Council Manager    

Fellows' organizations

Angaza Asylum Access Avanti Fellows Building Tomorrow
Financial Analyst (Nairobi, KE) Development Assistant (San Francisco) Multiple roles (Various locations) Director of Partnerships (Indianapolis, IN)
Generation Citizen Global Health Corps Hot Bread Kitchen
Managing Director (New York City or Boston) Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City)
Instiglio Medha Medic Mobile Mercado Global
Senior Associate (Medellin, CO & Washington, D.C.) Technology Solutions Fellow; User Experience Design Fellow (Lucknow UP) Multiple roles (Various locations) Multiple roles (Guatemala)
myAgro New Media Advocacy Project One Acre Fund Regalii
Multiple roles; French proficiency required (Mali; Senegal) Program Associate & Creative and Technical Director Multiple roles (Africa; U.S.A.) Senior Engineer (New York City)
Sanergy Springboard Collaborative Vera Solutions Zaya
Financial Planning Analyst; Fellows Program Coordinator (Kenya) Operations Lead (Philadelphia) Developer (Mumbai) Multiple roles (Global)

Global opportunities

The Aspen Institute Citizen Engagement Lab Color of Change
Intern (Washington, D.C.) Multiple roles (Various locations) Project Manager (Berkeley, CA) Campaign Manager (Oakland, CA)
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Defy Ventures Einhorn Family Charitable Trust Encore
Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City) Multiple roles (New York City) VP of Finance & Operations (San Francisco)
Even Ground Fight for the Future GlobeMed Health Horizons International
Executive Director (New York City) Campaign Manager (San Francisco/New York/Telecommute) Executive Director (Chicago) Executive Director (Dominican Republic)
The Management Center Significance Labs Sum of Us Unreasonable Institute
Training Services Manager (Washington, D.C.) Community Liaison Manager; Communications Project Manager (New York City) Communications Director (Telecommute) VP of Global Expansion (Boulder, CO)
US2020 World Science Festival World Science Festival  
Americorps Vista Manager (Multiple locations) Multiple roles (Washington, D.C.) Associate Director, Corporate Sponsorship & Partnerships (New York City)  

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18.04.2014 Give Backpack Of Hope To A Child In Nigeria

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$10 — Will help provide a pack of pencils
$20 — Will help provide a backpack filled with school supplies and essentials for a child
$40 — Will help provide backpacks filled with school supplies and essentials for 2 children

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This project will provide school kits to impoverished and underprivileged school children in Ehime Mbano, Nigeria, so they may access the education needed to battle poverty and enable them go to school without a disadvantage, their very own school supplies and essentials, means they will be ready to achieve their educational goals. With your support, we can give children a chance at success by providing them with the tools necessary for a complete education.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
Many children in Ehime Mbano, Nigeria are proud to come to school to learn, often unlike their parents. They walk long distances on dirt roads and have to learn in very bad conditions, with no paper, no pen, sometimes no chalk for the teachers, with 40 or more children packed in a class, some children resort to writing in the margins of the notebooks already used by their brothers and sisters in the years before. This experience can be demotivating and causes school drop-outs.

At CHRIFACAF, we are committed to ensuring that at least one of the costs associated with attending school is alleviated. With your support, we will provide underprivileged children with school kits (packs) containing the following items: 1 backpack (school bag), 6 exercise books, 1 pencil case, 2 ball point pens (blue or black), 4 pencils, 1 x 30cm ruler (with metric measurements), 2 erasers, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 pack crayons- mean that a child will have the necessary tools for class.

Potential Long Term Impact
The project will improve learning environment with a strong impact on the quality of education and motivation of the children, which will enable them to forge a better tomorrow for themselves, their families and their communities. By providing better learning conditions to children keen to learn, drop-out rates decrease and secondary school enrollment ratio increase.

Project Sponsor: Christian Fellowship and Care Foundation
Theme: Education | Location: Nigeria
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$12,000
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18.04.2014 Repair drainage problems and septic failure

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$10 — will pay for 1 yard of washed gravel
$25 — will pay for 1 yard of crushed/washed stone
$35 — will pay for one chamber for the leech field

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The Sawaquat Center works toward preventing community deterioration by working with At-Risk Youth, Homeless Teens, Veterans with PTSD and Individuals or Families In Need, learning valuable life skills such as sustainable living and teamwork, promoting tolerance and understanding and increasing self-worth and self-reliance.
The Center's septic system is failing, and it is imperative that it be be completed by the end of May, before the anticipated influx of Volunteers and Individuals In Need.

Project Needs and Beneficiaries
The Sawaquat Center provides a complete array of services for individuals seeking Alternative Healing Modalities, Counseling, Teaching and Growing as a Community. However, there are health, safety and environmental concerns involved when a septic system begins to fail. In order that we may continue to provide these services to the community, we must repair the failing septic field and system.

So many communities are struggling with the influx of lost individuals and families in crisis and most of these individuals are not covered under the guidelines of those agencies and/or organizations or don't meet the criteria for assistance. In order for us to continue with our mission objectives, we must be able to provide safe and healthy environment in which these individuals can thrive.

Potential Long Term Impact
It is the mission, duty and purpose of The Center to address, educate coordinate, and provide aid and relief to eradicate community deterioration on a local and global level. Repairing the septic field will allow The Center to continue to reach out, touch and meet the varied needs of the individuals and communities it comes into contact with, needs that other agencies and organizations are currently unable to meet.

Project Sponsor: The Sawaquat Center for Human Development
Theme: Health | Location: United States
Funding to Date: $0 | Need:$13,000
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17.04.2014 A group composed of brilliant individuals will not automatically be the most brilliant group

Originally posted on Neurologism:
Perhaps the whole can be better than the sum of its parts? I came across a very interesting study on McGill University’s excellent Brain from Top to Bottom Blog. In this study of collective intelligence, the researchers performed numerous statistical analyses. The most interesting finding that emerged from them, and that went…

17.04.2014 We are what we say: how language shapes our brains

Originally posted on Brainwaves For Leaders:
Adair Jones, a Brainwaves for Leaders staff writer and an expert in linguistics, has been thinking a lot about the neuroscience of language and the effect it has on our behaviour. She includes a round up of some of the latest thinking on the subject. _____________________________________________ . Languages differences Since human languages vary considerably…

17.04.2014 Project Abroad is One of the Largest Global Volunteer Organisations

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - One of the first things that Prince William discovered he had in common with Kate Middleton when they first met was that they had both been on expeditions to Chile to volunteer before they started university. It had been Prince Charles’ idea for William to volunteer abroad to experience  young people from a mixture of countries and backgrounds, for the chance to explore, face major challenges and do some good. It is an activity that is en vogue. Each summer, international volunteer organisation Project Abroad sends hundreds of teenagers abroad to participate in the popular High School Specials, which are group service trips that have been specifically designed for teenagers to participate in worthwhile voluntary work for two or four weeks over the summer.

Project Abroad has over 50 High School Special programs available in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Teenagers get involved in all sorts of projects that range from environmental conservation, to public health campaigns, child and animal care, human rights initiatives and more. The organisation sees an increasing number of teens wanting to volunteer abroad and its High School Special programs aims to channel this energy into ways for young volunteers to benefit both its host communities abroad and themselves through service work and cultural exchange.

Through the experience teens return more mature and globally aware, sharing their positive outlook with friends and family once back home. Each High School Special follows a schedule of taught sessions and practical and observational service work. Volunteers also enjoy evening activities and weekend excursions, giving them the opportunity to get to know volunteers their own age from different countries and cultures. The structure is ideal for first-time travellers eager to broaden their horizons.

This year, Project Abroad has introduced new dates for its immensely popular, Medicine in Ghana, where volunteers have the opportunity to enhance their medical knowledge by observing qualified medical staff in hospitals and clinics, and gain some practical experience by working on a community outreach program. Under the guidance of doctors or nurses, volunteers can get involved in dressing wounds, carrying out health checks, giving malaria tests, and making presentations on common health issues. Plus the organisation has also launched two new High School Special projects: Public Health in Tanzania and Care and Panda Protection in China.

The volunteer initiative in Tanzania supports rural communities by conducting basic health checks, leading educational health campaigns and helping doctors diagnose, and treat patients. For many people in Tanzania, medical treatment is extremely limited. Care and Panda in China allows volunteers to experience the rapidly changing world of China and devote their time to care for children and work with endangered species. Project Abroad is one of the largest volunteer organisations globally, sending 10,000 young people abroad each year to make a big difference.

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17.04.2014 Deloitte’s Third Annual Core Beliefs & Culture Survey Says Focus on Purpose, Not Profit

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - In business a successful organisation has always been interpreted as one driven by profit. Well, not anymore. Deloitte’s third annual Core Beliefs & Culture Survey reveals that organisations with a strong sense of purpose—described as a focus on making a positive impact on customers, employees and the society in general—are more confident in growth prospects and are more likely to invest in initiatives that lead to long-term growth, and enjoy higher levels of confidence among key stakeholders. This year’s survey by Deloitte is designed to explore the concept of workplace culture, as defined by a set of timeless core values and beliefs, as a business driver.

Lack of business confidence has been a hindrance to economic recovery. This and last year’s report clearly show that focusing on purpose rather than profits is what builds business confidence. This is a critical finding and underscores the significant impact a 'culture of purpose' can play in fostering a thriving business community.

According to the results, 82 percent of respondents (executives and employees) who work full-time for an organisation with a strong sense of purpose say that they are confident that their organisation will grow this year, compared to 48 percent of those who do not have a strong sense of purpose. The survey identified similar gaps in levels of confidence when it comes to increasing investments in new technologies, developing new products and services, hiring and expanding into new markets.

Furthermore, respondents who work for organisations with a strong sense of purpose are more than twice as likely to say that their organisations plan to invest more in employee development and training in 2014. They also have higher levels of employee engagement. Organisations with a strong sense of purpose are buoyed by factors that are non-financial and more intangible, with a longer horizon for positive returns while others are often driven by short-term financial gain. Therefore, to rebuild and sustain business confidence, organisations that want to be exceptional must take the long view and invest for growth.

The differences are telling. Strong sense of purpose drives confidence internally, externally and provides a competitive edge. However, despite the advantages the research links to a strong sense of purpose, 20 percent of all respondents say that leadership fails to set an example for the rest of the organisation by truly living the organisation's purpose. The research also emphasises the need for leaders to not only articulate a culture of purpose but to visibly and consistently embody those behaviours. That is a terrific blueprint for any organisation that wants to become and remain exceptional.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 3:30am