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Hiroshima Survivor Has a Message for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un: 'No More Hiroshima' - #584
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December 21, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Toshiharu Kano, 71, was born seven months after the United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Pregnant with Kano and living less than 1 kilometer or about half a mile from the center of the blast, his mother Shizzue Neomoto miraculously survived. She took her two children to a nearby military base. His brother, just 18 months old, died within 60 days of the bombing.

As a survivor, Kano endured a variety of physical challenges. His immune system was impaired and got mumps seven times. Labeled by society as defective, Kano and his family were spurned. By age ten, he felt so rejected that he seriously contemplated suicide. He was repeatedly told he was damaged goods.

Ultimately, Kano and his family immigrated to the United States. Here in the U.S., Kano thrived. He says he's missed only 10 days of work or school in the past 47 years. He attended the University of Utah and earned a BS in mechanical engineering.

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Young Chicago Filmmaker Aims Lens At Difficult Issues - Dontell Antonio - #583
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December 14, 2017 09:43 PM PST
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Dontello Antonio, 27, is a filmmaker who is bringing attention to taboo subjects, from drug abuse to sex trafficking in his new short film "The Hopeless Journey." While not strictly autobiographical, the story incorporates personal life experiences.

The following is the pre-interview with Dontell Antonio. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

Everything I do is to empower the people to be great at what they love and feel they should strive very hard at what they love.

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Mission-Driven Leader Helps Nonprofits Raise $1.5B - Vivien Hoexter - #582
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December 14, 2017 12:43 PM PST
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Vivien Hoexter said she had trouble getting up in the morning to sell consumer goods so she sought out an opportunity to lead a more mission-driven, fulfilling life. Along the way, she’s helped nonprofits raise $1.5 billion.

The following is the pre-interview with Vivien Hoexter. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

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

Nonprofits, like businesses, need revenue to grow and thrive. With more than 1 million nonprofits in the United States, there is increasing competition for philanthropic dollars. We empower nonprofits to articulate their visions and goals in a compelling way, create plans to achieve those goals and generate the philanthropic revenue needed to implement the plans.

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Recovered Quadriplegic Devotes Life To Serving Children - Karli Sue VerHoef - #581
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December 14, 2017 12:15 PM PST
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Interview with Karli Sue VerHoef, the Director of Sunshine Heroes Foundation.

As a child, Karli Sue VerHoef was a quadriplegic. At the time, she was told she always would be. She came to appreciate how she depended on others for help. When she recovered, she considered it such a gift that she has devoted her life to serving children.

On January 15, 2018, VerHoef will be leading a community service project for the Children’s Justice Centers in both Salt Lake County and Utah County. The event includes the Utah Chapter of the Cornell Alumni Association and the All Ivy Plus community as well as the Your Mark on the World Center community (that means you if you’re reading this). Learn more and register here: http://bit.ly/CJCproject.

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BYU-H Students Lead Crowdfunding Campaign for Ghanaian Entrepreneur - Paul Wilson and Gaby Porras - #579
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December 09, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Interview with Gabriela Porras, the Project Manager / Student Lead of Pangea Empowerment and Paul Wilson of Brigham Young University-Hawaii.

Gabriela Porras and a team of students at Brigham Young University of Hawaii are raising money to help an entrepreneur in Ghana raise the money she needs to launch a business selling handicrafts via the web to consumers in the developed world.

Crowdfunding page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pangea-empowerment-patience-s-beads/x/17606703#/

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Giving State Report Guides Better Philanthropy - Jacob Allen, Cicero Impact - #579
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December 11, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Interview with Jacob Allen, the Managing Director of Cicero Social Impact.

For nearly a year, Jacob Allen has been working on a comprehensive report about philanthropy in the State of Utah. While some of the lessons are unique to Utah--the most philanthropically generous state in the nation--most of the insights are generally applicable to charitable giving and the operation of nonprofits anywhere.

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

We help mission-driven individuals and organizations maximize their impact rather than simply providing funding or services. We leverage the best analytic, strategic, measurement, and performance practices from business and apply them to solving social needs.

Download the Giving State Report here: http://www.cicerosocialimpact.org/givingstate/

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Global Health Challenges Offer Social Entrepreneurs Opportunity - Roundtable - 578
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November 18, 2017 02:03 PM PST
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“We have grown far too tolerant of businesses not acting in alignment with the public good,” said Derek Fetzer, director of Johnson and Johnson’s CaringCrowd crowdfunding site for global health. “Shouldn’t all business, all entrepreneurship be for the public good?”

“The spirit of social entrepreneurs is crucial in solving global health challenges, and has been a driving force in uncovering innovative solutions to tackle the ever-changing global health landscape,” Carol Pandak, PolioPlus director for Rotary International, said. (I am a member of Rotary and once wrote an article for the Rotarian Magazine.)

Pandak noted that global health issues hold a unique space on the plant. “It could be easy to diagnose many global health challenges as problems of individual regions and nations.” After all, it has been decades since anyone in the Americas got polio.

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'Wealth Building Isn't Just For The Wealthy' - Darrin Williams Southern Bancorp - 577
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November 14, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Jennifer Williams, a school teacher in Arkansas, has now paid off all nine of her payday loans and hasn’t had one outstanding now for two years. She’s a success story for Southern Bancorp.

Modeled on Shore Bank, which failed during the Great Recession, Southern Bancorp was organized by a collection of Arkansas’s most prominent people, including then Governor Clinton and Rob Walton, a member of the Walton family. Unlike Shore Bank, Southern Bancorp is profitable and growing today.

“Governor Clinton wanted to create economic opportunities and stimulate the economy in Arkansas’s delta region, one of the most persistently poor communities in all of America,” says today’s CEO Darrin Williams. He notes that Hillary Clinton served on the founding board of directors for the bank.

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Amidst ICO Flurry, This Social Entrepreneur Seeks $50M for Clean Energy - Dan Bates, ImpactPPA - 576
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November 08, 2017 06:00 AM PST
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Everyone seems to want in on it. Even my septuagenarian neighbor who recently retired from her position as a clerk has taken up trading cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin jumped in value more than 50% in October alone. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being raised in new coin offerings every month. This surprising source of capital may be a natural match for social entrepreneurs.

Dan Bates, 60, the founder, president and CEO of ImpactPPA is now conducting presales in anticipation of a $50 million initial coin offering or ICO in the coming weeks. Bates has been doing clean energy projects in the developing world for a decade but ImpactPPA is a new business.

It will use not one but two cryptocurrencies. The first, a utility token, it calls NRG will be used to sell the electricity it produces on micro-grids and small utility-scale solar and wind projects. The second token, MPAQ, the one that will be offered in the ICO, will give the holders a voice in selecting the next projects. In part to avoid securities issues, MPAQ holders will not receive ownership or dividends.

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Key Job Skill for This Position: No Complaining About Rats and Roaches - Aneri Pattani - 575
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November 01, 2017 01:58 PM PDT
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"I look for a great communicator who can tell some of the most important stories in the world. Also, someone who won't complain about staying in a $2-a-night room with rats and roaches," New York Times columnist Nick Kristof summarized by email what he looks for in his annual "Win-a-Trip" contest.

Each year, Kristof of the New York Times holds a "Win-a-Trip" contest to find a student journalist to travel with him on a reporting trip. For 2017, he selected Aneri Pattani to accompany him to Liberia.

Pattani, 22, described her experience as a "one of the best" she's had.

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