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Microlending Player Microvest Focuses On Intentionality And Performance - Candace Smith - #626
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April 17, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Offering banking services to unbanked, vulnerable populations is a model for lifting people out of poverty. It is also a model for indentured servitude and even modern day slavery.

Microvest Capital Manages has invested over $1 billion in in microlending firms. Candace Smith, the firm’s head of risk, joined me to talk about how the firm ensures that it invests only on microlending companies that improve lives with a sustainable business model.

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Tune In For This Report From The Front Lines Of Elephant Conservation - Sebastien Duffillot - #625
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April 15, 2018 11:00 PM PDT
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Sebastien Duffillot says he was drawn first to Laos by its people but quickly became an activist for conserving the few remaining elephants in a place known as “the land of a million elephants.”

The Elephant Conservation Center houses 30 asian elephants. They are not required to perform or give rides. They live in a protected forest and are allowed to just enjoy being elephants.

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These Three MDs Have A Prescription For Curing Student Debt - #624
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April 11, 2018 09:00 AM PDT
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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2GKqm7j.

Three physicians who are appalled by the mountain of student debt in America have developed a plan to help students pay off their student loans early. Their plan would also provide free services to nonprofit organizations. The trio is now putting their plan into action in the form of a social enterprise.

NanaEfua B. Afoh-Manin, a physician who describes herself as a dancer and simply exudes energy, generally abbreviates her last three names as B.A.M., pronounced bam! As CEO of the Shared Harvest Fund, she is joined by two other female African American medical doctors as co-founders. Briana DeCuir joined B.A.M. for a discussion you can watch in the video player above. Joanne Moreau is the third member of the founding group.

The plan works like this: “debtfreelancers” who are people with student loans willing to volunteer for nonprofits find those opportunities on the Shared Harvest Fund Social Impact Job Board. Both the nonprofit and the debtfreelancers pay modest subscription fees to the Shared Harvest Fund. Additionally, sponsors and donors contribute to the fund. The funds pay down the student loans of the debtfreelancers.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2GKqm7j.

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Women Empowering Women And Telling Their Stories - Carol Story and Merrilee Buchanan - #623
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April 10, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Merrilee Buchanan and Carol Storey working to empower women around the globe. Merrilee runs Villa Leadership Group, working to consult, train and coach women to successfully take on greater leadership roles. Carol writes their stores on the Villa Blog.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Many women feel isolated today and do not have a community to connect with or realistic relatable role models to turn to for inspiration and guidance. The Villa blog provides a forum for all women who are looking for answers and direction to support their goals and needs.

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This Crypto Offering Under SEC Regulations Will Fund Neighborhood Renewal - Andrew Jewett - #622
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April 09, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Andrew Jewett, Co-CEO of Aperture, is writing a new script for raising money for the firm’s new real estate fund. The firm will issue a new cryptocurrency with each coin representing a share of the fund. The funds raised will be used to rehabilitate homes lost to foreclosure to make them habitable and ready for families to occupy them.

The use of a coin to represent a share of a fund is new. The SEC has argued for some time that the issuance of a new cryptocurrency may constitute the issuance of a security. Many coin issuers have avoided this by issuing their coins outside the U.S. Jewett chose to issue the firm’s new coin as a security under Regulation D section 506(c).

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Expert Says Social Entrepreneurs Have Social Media Secret Weapon - Jay Baer - #621
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April 05, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Jay Baer, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Convince and Convert, says that social enterprises and nonprofits have a secret weapon they can use on social media: authentic stories.
“Just tell the story,” Baer says to social entrepreneurs. “Ideally with video because video disproportionately performs in every social network. Just take a video of you working on the water project. Don’t try to sell anybody. Let the story sell for you.”
Expanding on this point, Baer says, optimally, social entrepreneurs will get their fans, supporters and customers to post the video of themselves working on the project rather than post a polished, edited video from the business or organization.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2GUUMTG.

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New Venture To Finance Healthy Forests For Carbon Capture And Storage - Bruno Marino - #620
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April 04, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Bruno Marino, PhD, founder of Planet Alpha Corp, is working to finance projects to preserve, protect and expand forests in cooperation with local communities. Using modern technology, the new company can actually measure the amount of carbon sequestered by the forest. The company is conducting a $50 million Regulation A+ offering that is open to the public.

Preliminary Interview with Bruno D.V. Marino, the founder and CEO of Planet Alpha Corp.

The following is a brief pre-interview that provides context for the recorded interview you may watch or listen to at the top of this article.

What is the purpose of your crowdfunding campaign?

PαC will develop forest carbon storage projects across the planet with a mission to reduce emissions of CO2 and greenhouse gases (“GHG”). We do good by supporting forest landowners and communities for their reduction of CO2 emissions through forest tree planting, growth, conservation and management. The ultimate mission of our company is to reverse and slow deforestation, one of the most challenging global and humanitarian issues of our time and of our future. PαC will develop innovative forest carbon sequestration projects resulting in unique measurement based products that are sold to buyers worldwide, creating revenue while ultimately fulfilling its mission of supporting landowners, reversing deforestation and reducing the burden of atmospheric GHGs. As a for-profit company in what is sometimes perceived as a non-profit endeavor we strive to be seen as a signal of positivism for humanity. Our mission as a successful corporate business is to pursue lofty goals such as improvement of the human condition and the sustainability of the planet for future generations. Science (e.g., monitoring and analysis) will likely not save us but people making choices that restore and defragment nature have great potential to manage the Earth for future generations. Our core principle is embodied in leaving a “legacy” of forest sustainability and vibrant communities that manage forests. Every individual and entity can participate and build a legacy for all.

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Recovery Takes Time, Take It From A Recovering Addict - Habilitat - #619
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April 03, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Jeff Nash was a resident in this program. Now he’s the executive director of Habilitat. He knows first hand how hard it is to overcome addiction. His insights help him to more effectively help others who are following behind.

Habilitat is a unique rehabilitation program that is funded entirely by enterprises run by the residents to generate the funds to run the programs, including Oahu’s largest Christmas Tree farm. Work not only provides needed funding and makes the program affordable even for those who can’t pay, it also provides an essential element of the recovery program.

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Having 25 Kids Wasn’t Enough For This Mom Who Travels The World Doing Good - Holly Richardson - #618
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April 02, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Most people think it’s a typo when they read that Holly Tree Richardson has 25 children. It’s not.

Everyone would agree that raising 25 kids is enough, but not her. She served in the Utah House of Representatives and has been a political activist for decades. She is now a newspaper columnist and works for a nonprofit in Utah as well.

Recently, she visited Bangladesh to see how she and her organization could help the nearly 1 million Rohingya people who are now living in a refugee camp, having just escaped genocide with only their lives. She’s returning next week to start delivering relief.

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Her Husband Thought She’d Quilt But She Became A Bestselling Author Instead - LeAnn Thieman - #617
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March 29, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2pMxvcP.

When LeAnn Thieman’s kids were moving out of the house twenty years ago, she says her husband, Mark Thieman, “had this wonderful ideal thing that I was going to stay home and start quilting.” Instead, her “hobby” of writing and speaking took her down another path to becoming a bestselling author.

Working as a nurse for more than two decades, Thieman, now 68, was an unlikely candidate to become a sought-after motivational speaker and author of 21 books that have sold more than 3 million copies. What brought her into the spotlight was a story she didn’t tell publicly for almost two decades after her visit to Vietnam at the end of the war.

Thieman decided to buy a dozen cupcakes at a bake sale benefitting an organization called Friends of Children of Vietnam.” The organization primarily worked to help orphans who were fathered by American soldiers with a goal of finding them homes in the U.S. Before long, Thieman had not only joined the group but had organized a chapter in her home and was planning to adopt one of the children.

Read the full Forbes article and watch the interview here: http://bit.ly/2pMxvcP.

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